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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (DOS)

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Advertisement in COMPUTE, October 1990:

    Trench Coat Optional. Fun Included.



    Help!

    The notorious Carmen Sandiego is on the loose. She and her gang are swiping precious landmarks and treasures all over the map. They're filching everything from the Mona Lisa's smile to the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    Squads of ace detectives are already in hot pursuit: intrepid investigators like those pictured here. But Carmen's not easy to nab. She's a very furtive fugitive.

    So there's plenty of challenging excitement waiting for you.



    So much fun it ought to be illegal



    The Acme Detective Agency will quickly assign you to a case. Then get ready for a whirlwind chase.

    Start at the scene of the crime, questioning witnesses. To help you decipher the clues you uncover, each game comes with a reference book packed with information about the cities and countries you'll need to visit.

    Tracking down the culprits, you'll pick up all kinds of fascinating facts about geography, history and other important topics. At the same time, you'll strengthen your deductive reasoning skills as you sort through the clues.

    Collar the right rascal and you'll be on your way to a promotion... and new and tougher cases.



    Listen to this eyewitness testimony:



    "I've loved Carmen from the very beginning! My 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, and even the neighbors, love to play, too. My kids are always trying to catch up with me! (But they never will!)" -Karen Drellich

    "It's a great trivia game. I've always liked history and geography. But even so, I keep running into things I've forgotten - or never knew." -Wayne Bulette

    "It's a funner way to learn geography," reports 10-year-old Detective Christina Brassey. Eighth-grade sleuth Josh Pedroli agrees. So do reviewers:

    Carmen is a smash hit," reports Newsweek.

    "If kids get addicted to a game, it would be nice if it was one like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,"
    says Peggy Charren, President of Action Television, in TV Guide.

    The Carmen Series has won a dossier full of awards. To learn why, conduct your own investigation at your favorite software store.



    Four ways to start chasing Carmen's gang:



    Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Travel to exciting cities around the world, from Budapest to Bangkok. Includes The World Almanac.

    Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?
    Carmen's on a crime spree again... in our own backyard! Includes Fodor's USA Travel Guide.

    Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego?
    Gadzooks! Now she's plundering the 33 nations of Europe. Includes the Rand McNally Concise Atlas of Europe.

    Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
    This time, your pursuit will take you across the centuries, from A.D. 400 to the 1950's. Includes The New American Desk Encyclopedia.

    Carmen Sandiego programs are available for most popular home computers at suggested retail prices from $34.95 to $49.95. Carmen World, USA and Time support Ad Lib, Sound Blaster, and Tandy 3-Voice & Digital Sound. Now available for IBM 640K hi-res VGA: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition $79.95 suggested retail. More villains, more clues, more FUN!

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Oct 10, 2001.

From the Brøderbund Software Catalog 1987-1988:

    This fun game is also a great teacher!



    When last seen, the auburn-haired ex-secret agent was heading for Istanbul - or was it Cairo? You'll have to figure it out yourself, and that's where the excitement lies in this thrilling game of pursuit - and capture. You'll follow Carmen and her gang of master thieves all over the globe as you decipher clues using your Crime Computer and your World Almanac (book included). Along the way, you'll also pick up interesting information about the geography and culture of countries around the world. And you'll become a seasoned detective, advancing from rookie to sleuth to ace as you solve more and more cases involving Carmen and her gang.

    Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the winner of the 1986 Outstanding Software Award (Classroom Computer Learning) and the 1985 Best Learning Product Award (Software Publishers Association). It will keep you and your children enthralled for hours at a time.

    • 10 suspects, 30 cities, and over 1,000 clues.
    • Lively graphics, animation and music.
    • Challenging for both children and adults.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Sep 02, 2001.

From the back of the box:
    Mystery! Intrigue! Adventure! Explore the great cities of the world as you stalk a Master Thief to the far corners of the globe.


    THE CRIMES OF THE CENTURY!



    IT'S A DARK DAY IN NEW YORK CITY!


    The metropolis awakens to find the Statue of Liberty's torch gone... stolen! This could only be the work of Carmen Sandiego's gang - that notorious band of thieves that specializes in the theft of priceless national treasures. The citizens are outraged, the Mayor's up in arms... and you've been assigned to the case!

    THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL CHASE.


    At the Acme Detective Agency, your Crime Computer gives you the facts, just the facts. You hurry to the scene of the crime and, with a little investigation, you learn that the thief has been spotted heading for the airport. You're off on a whirlwind international chase through the great capitals of the world! London, Rome, Moscow, Kathmandu... the thief always seems to be one step ahead of you.

    THROW THE BOOK AT 'EM!


    In each city, you'll see a well-known landmark or monument (IF it hasn't been stolen yet!). You'll be briefed on the local geography and culture. And, as you explore the city, you'll unearth clues to the crook's identity and where he or she has fled. Some clues you'll understand right away. Others will take a little research. Lucky for you, you have your trusty copy of The World Almanac and Book of Facts - the best information source any international crimebuster could ask for. When in doubt, look in the book... and all will become clear.

    WHO DO YOU BUST?


    Use your Police Dossier to sort through the clues, then plug your hunches into your Crime Computer to help you guess which of Carmen's cohorts did the deed. It could be Dazzle Annie Nonker, who runs the toughest yogurt bar this side of Suez. Or Nick Brunch, evil ex-Private Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Or even Carmen herself, quadruple agent for so many countries even she's not sure which one she's working for.

    When you finally catch up with the thief, you'd better be ready with the right arrest warrant. Because if you make your move and you've got the wrong suspect, you'll be pulled off the case, pronto! If you get it right, you're on your way to a promotion and a chance to solve new and tougher cases in a new and different round-the-world chase.

    So grab your passport and get ready to move... you've got a plane to catch!

    WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? by Dano Bigham

    • Menu-driven game play provides quick action
    • Players are introduced to world geography in an exciting game situation
    • Game play combines best elements of graphic adventures, trivia games, mysteries and arcade animation
    • Friends or family can play together, helping the Detective decipher clues by looking up facts in the World Almanac, one of the world's most comprehensive reference books
    • 10 possible suspects, 30 cities, nearly 1,000 clues... a different game every time you play

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Aug 21, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    Mystery! Intrigue! Adventure! Explore the great cities of the world as you stalk a Master Thief to the far corners of the globe.

    Contributed by Olivier Masse (421) on Jul 07, 1999.